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Course Code: CHEM134 Course ID: 4732 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This is the second course of a two-course general chemistry sequence that introduces students to the principles, terminology, methodology and worldview of chemistry. Lecture and lab topics are both descriptive and mathematical and include solution chemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, aqueous ionic equilibrium, free energy, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, radioactivity, and nuclear chemistry. The laboratory component of this course is hands-on and designed for science students to learn how to make qualitative and quantitative observations about physical and chemical phenomena, make calculations, and test their own reasoning. Students will acquire skills in laboratory techniques designed to help reinforce and build upon the concepts presented in the lecture portion of the class. Students must have a safe work area available to perform laboratory activities, including working with an open flame. Students must be able to document their laboratory work using digital pictures and/or video. Students must also have room temperature storage available in order to maintain laboratory materials. Lab material for this course will only be provided once. If you need replacement lab equipment for any reason or need to retake the course later, you will need to purchase your own lab refills. This is a time and resource-intensive course. Students intending to use this course to satisfy prerequisites for pre-professional programs should verify that the CHEM133 and CHEM134 course sequence meets the requirements of their intended program prior to enrollment. In order to be successful in this course, students must have successfully completed CHEM 133 General Chemistry I with Lab or equivalent. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials at substantial cost that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details. (Prerequisite: CHEM133)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 08/22/21 Spring 2021 Session K 16 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 09/26/21 Spring 2021 Session C 16 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 10/24/21 Summer 2021 Session A 16 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 11/21/21 Summer 2021 Session K 16 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 12/26/21 Summer 2021 Session C 16 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 01/23/22 Fall 2021 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives, and upon completion of this course, should be able to:

CO-1 Demonstrate basic knowledge (and related calculations) of solubility, types of solutions, entropy, solution energetics, solution equilibrium, Henry’s Law, solution concentration with associated units, colligative properties, and colloids.
CO-2 Solve problems related to reaction rate, rate laws and the integrated rate law (zero, first, and second order reactions), half-life, the effect of temperature on reaction rate, activation energy, frequency factor, reaction mechanisms, and catalysis.
CO-3 Apply basic knowledge of dynamic equilibrium, the equilibrium constant (K), the ICE method of determining equilibrium values, the reaction quotient (Q), predicting the direction of change, finding equilibrium concentrations, and Le Chatelier’s Principle in chemical calculations.
CO-4 Apply basic knowledge of acid/base nomenclature, Arrhenius and Bronsted-Lowry definitions, acid and base dissociation constants (Ka, Kb, Kw), water autoionization, pH, pOH, pKa, [H3O+], [OH-], conjugate pairs, polyprotic acids, acid strength and structure, and Lewis acid/base definitions in chemical calculations.
CO-5 Solve mathematical and chemical problems related to buffers, the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, buffer range and capacity, pKa, titration and pH curves, solubility product constant (Ksp), precipitation (Q to Ksp ratio), qualitative chemical analysis, and complex ion equilibria.
CO-6 Demonstrate basic knowledge (and related calculations) of spontaneous vs. nonspontaneous processes, entropy, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, heat transfer, changes in entropy, Gibb’s Free Energy, the Third Law of Thermodynamics, free energy changes, nonstandard states, and relating free energy to (K).
CO-7 Apply basic knowledge of oxidation-reduction, voltaic cells, EMF, cell potentials, standard electrode potentials, relationship of cell potential to equilibrium constant to free energy, the Nernst equation, batteries, electrolysis, and corrosion in chemical calculations.
CO-8 Demonstrate basic knowledge (and related calculations) of types of radioactivity, decay series, detection of radioactivity, kinetics of radioactive decay, radiometric dating, nuclear fission, mass defect, nuclear binding energy, nuclear fusion, transmutation, and the affects and applications of radiation.

Various types of graded assessments/activities will be assigned to enhance your understanding of chemistry principles. Participation in all of the activities is essential for developing problem solving skills and concepts presented in the course. Your course grade is based on your performance on the following activities:

Discussion Forums:

There will be a Discussion Forum for each week in this course. There will be a required introductions discussion forum during the first week of the course). You are to post a thoughtful post after reading the instructions for each forum, expressing critical thought and analysis. You are then required to post a response to the post of at least 2 of your classmates as well. There will be a total of 16 discussion forums. DO NOT plagiarize your answer (i.e. do not copy paste directly from the internet or any other source) or you WILL NOT receive credit. There are many tools available for instructors to help catch this, so please don’t try it.

NOTE: Brief statements, saying something very vague, or congratulatory or acknowledgement-type postings will not count towards adequate participation credit. They do not contribute to an understanding of the material, raise important issues regarding the material, or forward the conversation about the content.

See the link in the Lessons area for due dates and a rubric to see expectations and how the discussion forums will be graded.

Lesson Quizzes:

There will also be quizzes in the Lessons to help you and your Professor assess your comprehension of the Lesson material. You will complete the assignment in the Tests & Quizzes area of the classroom. Your percentage will be a score out of 100 points. There are 8 quizzes, each worth 100 points. You will have 1 hour to complete each quiz—after 1 hour, the assessment will be submitted automatically and you will only be able to receive credit for what you have completed at that time.


After completing the labs for each lesson, you will complete an assignment in the Tests & Quizzes area of the classroom. Though they are being delivered in the Tests & Quizzes area, they are not technically quizzes. You should think of them simply as assignments that accompany the lab exercise that happen to be delivered in a quiz format. Each lab assignment will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions, as well as the requirement of uploading pictures and your own data (see instructions within each lab). These lab assignments are not timed. You will not be able to answer the questions without performing the lab and generating your own individual data. Follow the directions in each lab, save your answers, data, and pictures as the instructions indicate, and use those answers to complete the questions on the lab assignments.


There will be a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam for this course, both consisting of short-answer/essay questions. The Midterm Exam and the Final Exam. Please take the preparation for the exams in the forms of the previous assignments (and practice materials) very seriously. They are meant to help prepare you for these exams. The format of both of these exams is short answer/essay, so they will naturally be longer than your quizzes, and they are open book/notes. You MUST show your work in order to receive any partial credit. You will have 2 hours to complete each exam. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. Once you access these exams the timer starts as soon as you open it the first time. Be sure to keep close track of your time and DO NOT take any chances!

Midterm Exam: This exam is cumulative/comprehensive and will cover Lessons 1-4, including labs.

Final Exam: This exam is cumulative/comprehensive but will only cover Lessons 5-8, including labs—everything since the Midterm. However, as you will learn, chemistry is a very cumulative/comprehensive subject whereby the material in subsequent chapters builds off material in previous chapters. So, there will certainly be information from the Midterm material found on the Final Exam that is inherent to the content. It’s just that you will not be directly tested on the Lessons 1-4 material.

Please see the student handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 1.25 %
Week 2 Forum 1.25 %
Week 3 Forum 1.25 %
Week 4 Forum 1.25 %
Week 5 Forum 1.25 %
Week 6 Forum 1.25 %
Week 7 Forum 1.25 %
Week 8 Forum 1.25 %
Week 9 Forum 1.25 %
Week 10 Forum 1.25 %
Week 11 Forum 1.25 %
Week 12 Forum 1.25 %
Week 13 Forum 1.25 %
Week 14 Forum 1.25 %
Week 15 Forum 1.25 %
Week 16 Forum 1.25 %
Lab Assignments 30.00 %
Lab 1 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 2 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 3 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 4 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 5 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 6 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 7 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 8 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 9 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 10 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 11 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 12 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 13 Assignment 2.14 %
Lab 14 Assignment 2.14 %
Lesson Quizzes 25.00 %
Lesson 1 Quiz 3.13 %
Lesson 2 Quiz 3.13 %
Lesson 3 Quiz 3.13 %
Lesson 4 Quiz 3.13 %
Lesson 5 Quiz 3.13 %
Lesson 6 Quiz 3.13 %
Lesson 7 Quiz 3.13 %
Lesson 8 Quiz 3.13 %
Exams 25.00 %
CHEM 134 Midterm Exam 12.50 %
CHEM 134 Final Exam 12.50 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • You will also need a scientific calculator with scientific notation and logarithmic functions. If you do not already own one, Microsoft® Calculator comes with windows PP or you may access an online calculator.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at

Required Lab Materials

The laboratory activities in this course will consist of a hybridized experience involving both virtual and hands-on components. Students will receive a laboratory kit from the university that they will use for the hands-on portion of the laboratory procedures, and will receive specific directions within each lesson regarding how to access any virtual components. Students will perform laboratory exercises that will teach laboratory techniques, as well as cultivate problem solving strategies in a laboratory setting, including generating and analyzing their own data and testing their own hypotheses.

Web Sites

Robinson, W. R. et al. (2016) OpenStax Chemistry: Atoms First, 1st edition. Rice University.

Giesbrecht, H. (2012) Professor Heath's Chemistry Channel, Online Video Channel. YouTube

Book Title:If you received a kit for a previous registration of this course, a 2nd kit will not be provided. Please contact for any questions.
ISBN:eScience Note 2
Book Title:Lab kits ship w/o any action needed, so your shipping address must be current. You may need to obtain items on your own (ex. gloves)
ISBN:eScience Note
Book Title:Chemistry - e-book available online, links provided in the classroom
Unit Cost:$51.78
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Chemistry II eScience kit
Publication Info:eScience
Unit Cost:$229.00
Electronic ISBN:4132
Book Title:LoggerPro 3 Software - This item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; available to purchase here:
Publication Info:Vernier Software & Technology, LLC
Electronic ISBN:LP-E
Electronic Unit Cost:$10.00
Book Title:Ph sensor- This item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; available to purchase here:
Publication Info:Vernier Software & Technology, LLC
Unit Cost:$88.00
Book Title:Stainless Steel Temperature Probe - This item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; available to purchase here:
Publication Info:Vernier Software & Technology, LLC
Unit Cost:$36.00
Book Title:LabQuest 3 - This item is not covered by the APUS Book Grant; available to purchase here:
Author:Vernier Software & Technology, LLC
Unit Cost:$339.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.